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Dancers in the African American Dance Company perform solos, duets, group dances and contortions during the technical rehearsal Thursday, April 5. The company will perform at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. 

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Dancers in the African American Dance Company perform solos, duets, group dances and contortions during the technical rehearsal Thursday, April 5. The company will perform at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. 

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Akshat Gupta, a masters student at IU, performs a selection of classical Bengali songs written by Rabindranath Tagore. Gupta played a tabla set with composed and improvised rhythms as part of the Asian American Pacific Islander talent showcase on Wednesday, April 4. 

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Yu-Jung Lin, president of Okinawa Yu-Yu-Kai, performs an eisa dance, an Okinawa folk dance, with her team. The group performed during the Asian American and Pacific Islander talent showcase Wednesday,  April 4. 

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Keynote speaker Samantha Power, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, expresses her delight at being able to share her own views and opinions now that she is not working for former President Barack Obama. Power said she no longer needs to start her statements with "As President Obama has been saying form the start of his term..." Although Power admitted she and her husband still use it as a private joke. 

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Senior Keegan Anderson holds his mellophone during a practice. He didn’t think much about prejudice or racism growing up. He said some people in Paoli don’t even think it still exists. Keegan first learned about the white nationalists in Paoli by scrolling through Twitter and seeing a tweet from J.K. Rowling mentioning Paoli and its white nationalists. “This isn’t who we are,” he thought.

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Eighth-grader Marissa Fleenor injured her ankle during marching season and played on crutches from the sidelines. Marissa said she heard people make racist jokes, but for the most part, she said “the town is pretty normal.”

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Maggie McGowen, the 17-year-old drum major, leads the band in state warm-ups. Next up is the performance for the judges. While she said she had heard about the white supremacists in Paoli, she hadn’t really been affected. “In no way do they represent Paoli,” Maggie said.

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Senior Travis Mefford was the only male color guard member and started off the show alone on the field as a mountain climber at the beginning of his journey. Laughlin said the show symbolized all the obstacles a climber has to overcome to reach the top. 

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